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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 16

Gracie

There’s a grammatical error up ahead
that will change everything. How and why
I don’t know because,
off the top of my head
Each mad essay
must cast doubt
on the one before
Or at least lend a hand
to its abhorrent cause
Which makes for unsure seasons,
rising seas and a lack of wonder.
And I know you have better places to be
like Dunkin’ D or debtors jail,
So I’ll try to get to what I’m getting at
before I get to where I’m going,
Which was to talk about Gracie Allen
Who knew today’s postage stamp
was yesterday’s head of state.
That a country of checks and balances
relies on checks
And that you never place a comma
Where God has put a period.

  Mike Jurkovic